44 Letters From the Liquid Modern World by Zygmunt Bauman

By Zygmunt Bauman

This liquid glossy global of ours, like every drinks, can't stand nonetheless and continue its form for lengthy. every little thing retains altering - the models we keep on with, the occasions that intermittently capture our realization, the issues we dream of and issues we worry. And we, the population of this global in flux, suppose the necessity to comply with its pace by means of being 'flexible' and continually able to swap. we wish to understand what's going and what's prone to ensue, yet what we get is an avalanche of data that threatens to weigh down us.

How are we to sift the knowledge that actually issues from the lots of lifeless and beside the point garbage? How are we to derive significant messages from mindless noise?
We face the daunting activity of attempting to distinguish the $64000 from the insubstantial, distil the issues that subject from fake alarms and flashes within the pan.

Nothing escapes scrutiny so stubbornly because the usual issues of daily life, hiding within the mild of misleading and...

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Such awareness implied an association (or even a causal link) between changes in the human condition and the departure of older generations and the arrival of newer ones. And once that implication existed, it became noticeable and was presumed to be obvious that (at least since the beginning of modernity and through its duration) age cohorts entering the world at different stages of the continuous transformation tended indeed to differ sharply in the evaluation of the life conditions they shared.

The more frequently I tweet, and the more people visit the site on which my tweeting is done, the more chances I’ll have of joining the ranks of those well-known. As in the case of celebrities, it is really irrelevant what my tweeting is about. After all, what we read and hear about celebs is more often than not the latest news about their breakfasts, dates, one-night stands and shopping escapades. And since the weight of a person’s presence in the world is measured by her or his ‘well-knownness’, my tweeting is also a way to increase my spiritual weightiness (a sort of dieting in reverse – dieting being seen as the method to decrease one’s bodily weight).

Look at just one example: communicating with your children, if you are a parent. Or with your parents, if you haven’t yet missed that chance … Mutual incomprehension between generations, ‘old’ and ‘young’, and the reciprocal suspicion that follows it have a long history. One can easily trace symptoms of such suspicion to quite ancient times. But intergenerational suspicion has become much more salient in our modern era, marked by continuous profound and accelerated changes in life conditions. The radical acceleration of the pace of change characteristic of modern times, in stark opposition to centuries of interminable reiteration and sluggish change, allowed the fact of ‘things changing’ and ‘things being no longer as they used to be’ to be experienced personally and personally noted, in the course of a single human life.

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